Beyond Black and White: Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

Helen Ahn Lim, Indiana University

ABSTRACT
This research examines bias crimes against Asian Americans. Research findings are based on over forty in-depth interviews of Asian Americans who reside in the East Coast (New Jersey and New York). These narratives reveal individual and collective Asian American experiences through (1) definitions of community; (2) meanings of security and individual rights; (3) perceptions of fear and threat; and (4) understanding of bias crime and perceived victimization. These interviews also demonstrate how day-to-day experiences while living in the United States and/or in other countries, shape Asian American views and reactions to bias crime including coping mechanisms.

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